Farrar takes sprint in a photo finish

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) won the mass sprint of the Trofeo Cala Millor in a photo finish, nosing out two HTC-Highroad riders, John Degenkolb and Leigh Howard. It was the second straight sprint win for the American in the Challenge Mallorca, although Sunday's Trofeo Palma was declared “unofficial” by the International Cycling Union.

The stage was marked by a long escape of three riders: Steven Cozza (NetApp), Luis Pasamontes (Movistar), and Adrian Saez de Arregi (Orbea). The trio were away from the bunch for over 130 kilometres, and built up a lead of up to nine minutes.

No radio protest or rider strike

The race started on schedule, as there was no further protests against the race radio ban, and the riders set off without them. A strike had been rumoured, but didn't happen, as apparently the UCI had said it would have cancelled the race entirely, and the riders didn't want to hurt the race organisers.

A large group tried to get away early, but Leopard Trek and Garmin-Cervelo chased them down.

There were three climbs on the day's stage, all category four – just enough to test the legs in the very early part of the season. Shortly after the first one, at about 40 km, a threesome of Luis Pasamontes (Movistar), Adrian Saez de Arregi (Orbea) and Steven Cozza (NetApp) established themselves, and with the peloton's permission, took off. But when the gap hit nine minutes at the 65km marker, the peloton decided that was enough.

From there the gap dropped steadily, with Leopard Trek, Garmin-Cervelo and RadioShack leading the chase. It was a slow but sure chase, with the peloton timing things perfectly and not catching the trio too early.

With 27km to go, Pasamontes took off from his two companions, who were soon caught by the field. He, too, was caught with 15 km to go, and HTC-Highroad, Rabobank, RadioShack, Movistar and Garmin-Cervelo all moved in for the sprint finish. Philippe Gilbert of Omega Pharma-Lotto tried to break away within the final 10km, but Garmin-Cervelo and Rabobank quickly rode him down, and the mass sprint was set up.

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Full Results
1Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo4:04:11
2John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 1 - Cell 2
3Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-HighroadRow 2 - Cell 2
4Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetappRow 6 - Cell 2
8Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 7 - Cell 2
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard TrekRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 13 - Cell 2
15Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 14 - Cell 2
16Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioshackRow 16 - Cell 2
18Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nikias Arndt (Ger) GermanyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 19 - Cell 2
21Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Caja RuralRow 20 - Cell 2
22Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 22 - Cell 2
24Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:07
25Adam Blyth (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:10
26Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Unai Elorriaga (Spa) SpainRow 29 - Cell 2
31Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 31 - Cell 2
33Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 33 - Cell 2
35Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Xabier Zabalo Imaz (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sergi Escobar Roure (Spa) SpainRow 36 - Cell 2
38Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 40 - Cell 2
42Asier Maeztu (Spa) SpainRow 41 - Cell 2
43Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 43 - Cell 2
45Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 44 - Cell 2
46Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Arturo Mora Ortiz (Spa) Caja RuralRow 47 - Cell 2
49Eloy Ruiz Pinto (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 49 - Cell 2
51Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Diego Milán Jiménez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 51 - Cell 2
53Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 52 - Cell 2
54Eric Baumann (Ger) Team NetappRow 53 - Cell 2
55Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetappRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Loic Aubert (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 58 - Cell 2
60Bernhard Oberholzer (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ruben Jimenez Ventosa (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 61 - Cell 2
63Samuel Horstmann (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja RuralRow 68 - Cell 2
70Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 69 - Cell 2
71Michaël Baer (Swi) Team NetappRow 70 - Cell 2
72Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 72 - Cell 2
74Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Elias Schmaeh (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Andreas Rutishauser (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 76 - Cell 2
78Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard TrekRow 78 - Cell 2
80Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Eloy Teruel (Spa) SpainRow 82 - Cell 2
84Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioshackRow 83 - Cell 2
85Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioshackRow 84 - Cell 2
86Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioshackRow 85 - Cell 2
87Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja RuralRow 86 - Cell 2
88Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard TrekRow 87 - Cell 2
89Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard TrekRow 88 - Cell 2
90Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard TrekRow 89 - Cell 2
91Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jens Debusschere (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 93 - Cell 2
95Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliviera (Spa) Team RadioshackRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jakob Steigmiller (Ger) GermanyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja RuralRow 96 - Cell 2
98Peter Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 97 - Cell 2
99Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 99 - Cell 2
101Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Ruben Martinez (Spa) Caja RuralRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jose Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 103 - Cell 2
105Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-HighroadRow 104 - Cell 2
106Pascual Orengo Lopez (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 105 - Cell 2
107Nicolas Schnyder (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 106 - Cell 2
108Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Caja RuralRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 108 - Cell 2
110Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 111 - Cell 2
113David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 112 - Cell 2
114Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - ShimanoRow 113 - Cell 2
115Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMCRow 114 - Cell 2
116Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 115 - Cell 2
117Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Caja RuralRow 117 - Cell 2
119Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetappRow 118 - Cell 2
120Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioshackRow 119 - Cell 2
121Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:30
122Lukas Kalt (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 121 - Cell 2
123Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioshackRow 122 - Cell 2
124Victor Cabedo (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 123 - Cell 2
125Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetappRow 125 - Cell 2
127Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 126 - Cell 2
128Aritz Bagües (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 127 - Cell 2
129Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130David Belda Garcia (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 129 - Cell 2
131Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 130 - Cell 2
132Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 131 - Cell 2
133Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 132 - Cell 2
134Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja GranadaRow 133 - Cell 2
135Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 134 - Cell 2
136Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 135 - Cell 2
137Daniel Henggeler (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 136 - Cell 2
138Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 139 - Cell 2
141Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioshackRow 140 - Cell 2
142Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-HighroadRow 141 - Cell 2
143Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-HighroadRow 142 - Cell 2
144Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMCRow 143 - Cell 2
145Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMCRow 144 - Cell 2
146Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spa) Geox-TMCRow 145 - Cell 2
147Lionel Wust (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 146 - Cell 2
148Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetappRow 147 - Cell 2
149Erik Mohs (Ger) GermanyRow 148 - Cell 2
150Henning Bommel (Ger) GermanyRow 149 - Cell 2
151Christopher Jennings (RSA) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y LeónRow 150 - Cell 2
152Aritz Etxebarria (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 151 - Cell 2
153Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard TrekRow 152 - Cell 2
154Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 154 - Cell 2
156Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioshackRow 155 - Cell 2
157Noel Martin Infante (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 156 - Cell 2
158Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard TrekRow 157 - Cell 2
159Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Sebastián Mora Vedri (Spa) SpainRow 159 - Cell 2
161Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard TrekRow 160 - Cell 2
162Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-HighroadRow 161 - Cell 2
163Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioshackRow 162 - Cell 2
164Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
165David Muntaner (Spa) SpainRow 164 - Cell 2
166Pablo Aitor Bernal (Spa) SpainRow 165 - Cell 2
167Marcel Wyss (Swi) Geox-TMCRow 166 - Cell 2
168Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 167 - Cell 2
169Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-LottoRow 168 - Cell 2
170Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Geox-TMCRow 170 - Cell 2
172Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 171 - Cell 2
173Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 172 - Cell 2
174Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 173 - Cell 2
175Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp0:00:44
176Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:00:46
177Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - ShimanoRow 176 - Cell 2
178Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 177 - Cell 2
179Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:50
180Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Germany0:00:51
181Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetappRow 180 - Cell 2
182Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetappRow 181 - Cell 2
183Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:21
184Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:01:28
185Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Orbea Continental0:01:30
186Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea ContinentalRow 185 - Cell 2
187Andy Cappelle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling TeamRow 186 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 187 - Cell 2
DNFVicente Pastor (Spa) SpainRow 188 - Cell 2
DNFNoe Gianetti (Swi) Geox-TMCRow 189 - Cell 2
DNFJohannes Kahra (Ger) GermanyRow 190 - Cell 2
DNFFranz Schiwer (Ger) GermanyRow 191 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-CerveloRow 192 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 193 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Boutellier (Swi) Price Your BikeRow 194 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 195 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Bonin (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 196 - Cell 2
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Combination classification
1Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp14pts
2Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo10Row 3 - Cell 3
5John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano4Row 8 - Cell 3
10Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek1Row 12 - Cell 3
14Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto1Row 13 - Cell 3
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Sprint classification
1Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental6pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Special sprint classification
1Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp6pts
2Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
1Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team6pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Team Netapp4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea Continental3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto2Row 4 - Cell 3

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